Washing hands six times a day keeps Coronavirus away

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May 21, 2020

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Washing hands six times a day keeps Coronavirus away

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KATHMANDU:  A study by UK researchers suggests that washing your hands at least six to 10 times a day makes catching infections such as coronavirus much less likely.

It looked at data, from 2006-09, on viruses structurally very similar to the deadly pandemic strain that has wreaked havoc across the world.

Coronaviruses are a family of virus that most usually cause mild illness such as the common cold.

And all of them, including the pandemic one, can be killed by soap and water.

The study, published in Wellcome Open Research and awaiting peer review, found the 1,663 participants were much less likely to be infected if they washed their hands at least six times a day.

“Good hand hygiene should be practiced at all times regardless of whether you show symptoms or not,” Study author Dr Sarah Beale, from University College London, said. “This will help protect yourself and prevent unwittingly spreading the virus to others around you.”

A Public Health England official said, “Regular hand-washing for at least 20 seconds is one of the best ways of stopping the spread of coronavirus, particularly after you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, as well as before eating or cooking.”

It is a good idea to get into the habit after you’ve been out in public places or on transport, suggests the study.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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